Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma

  • Full Time
LENGTH: 2 year
CAMPUS: Prince George
FEES: Check fee schedule
START DATE: Fall 2022
  • Alternate Delivery
Application Deadlines for Fall 2022 Intake
Applications for Fall 2022 are now closed. Applications for future semesters will open again in September 2022.
  • Overview
  • Courses
  • Location & Dates
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees


Are you looking for a rewarding career in the health care sector? Become a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer by enrolling in this 2-year program today.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a type of imaging that uses high frequency sound waves, more commonly known as ultrasound, to produce images of the body. 

Sonographers are an integral part of the interdisciplinary health care team and are in high demand across the country and internationally. Sonographic images are used by physicians to diagnose and treat various diseases and conditions.


Upon completion of the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, you will be qualified to work in a variety of health care settings. Once accredited status is granted, you will be able to write the Sonography Canada credentialing examinations for Generalist and Cardiac Sonography streams to become a qualified registered sonographer. Common job titles include:

  • Echocardiographer, adult/ pediatric
  • RDMS (reg. diagnostic medical sonographer)
  • Sonographer, cardiac
  • Technologist, diagnostic ultrasound
  • Technologist, echocardiography
  • Technologist, registered- ultrasound

What you will learn

The accredited 24-month full time program will prepare you to become competent in producing high quality images of multiple body parts and systems including the heart, abdomen, pelvis, blood vessels and obstetrics/Gynecologic.

Training is a combination of classes at the College of New Caledonia’s Prince George campus as well as hands on learning in a variety of hospitals and clinics. The CNC curriculum is mapped to the Sonography Canada National Competency Profile.

Upon successful completion of the CNC Sonography program, you will:

  • Perform accurate diagnostic ultrasound examinations in a caring and safe manner, demonstrating cultural competency and awareness
  • Display and employ critical thinking and assimilation of theory in the execution of required tasks
  • Interact effectively with interdisciplinary team members to attain common health care goals
  • Practice sonography in a responsible and ethical manner
  • Observe and follow the Sonography Code of ethics and Professional Conduct, as laid out in the Professional Practice Guidelines and Member Policies (evidence 1.1.1), at all times.

The Sonography program is primarily focused on preparing its students to be competent and committed medical professionals, who have a clear understanding of their role within the health professions arena. Guided by the Canadian National Competency Profile for the sonography profession, didactic and laboratory instruction is designed and executed with the sole intention of producing competent and proficient Sonographers. The program is Accredited by EQual Canada.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography Diploma Courses

Over the 24-month program, students will be required to complete the following courses.

Term 1

SONO-100 General Sonography I 3 15 weeks
SONO-105 Women's Sonography I 3 15 weeks
SONO-103 Cardiac Sonography I 3 15 weeks
SONO-107 Patient Care for Sonography 3 15 weeks
SONO-109 Relational Practice I 3 15 weeks
BIO-170 Anatomy and Physiology - SONO 3 15 weeks
PHYS-170 Physics for Sonography I 3 15 weeks

Sonography: Term 2

SONO-129 Relational Practice II 3 15 weeks
SONO-120 General Sonography II 3 15 weeks
SONO-125 Women's Sonography II 3 15 weeks
SONO-123 Cardiac Sonography II 3 15 weeks
SONO-131 Vascular Sonography I 2 15 weeks
PHYS-173 Physics for Sonography II 3 15 weeks

Sonography: Term 3

SONO-145 Pathophysiology for Sonography 3 12 weeks
SONO-135 Sonography Clinical I 4 12 weeks
SONO-133 Clinical Orientation 3 2 weeks

Sonography: Term 4

PHYS-175 Physics for Sonography III 2 13 weeks
SONO-231 Vascular Sonography II 2 13 weeks
SONO-233 Cardiac Sonography III 3 13 weeks
SONO-237 Women's Sonography III 3 13 weeks
SONO-230 General Sonography III 3 13 weeks

Sonography: Term 5

SONO-236 Professional Development 2 2 weeks
SONO-235 Sonography Clinical II 7 13 weeks

Sonography: Term 6

SONO-250 Sonography Clinical IV 5 10 weeks
SONO-245 Sonography Clinical III 5 10 weeks

Locations & Dates

CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.

Fall 2022 Prince George In Class 2 years

Entry Requirements

  1. Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent
  2. The following courses, with a grade of ‘B’ or better in each:

    Required entrance courses must be completed within the past 5 years.

  3. Completed Self-Report on Suitability form (see Application Package Appendix C)  

Need help meeting these requirements. Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Note: For candidates whose first language is not English – In addition to having English 12 (or equivalent) applicants must also provide proof of English language proficiency through one of the following:

  1. English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) score of 88 with no section below 20, within the previous 2 years or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) equivalency of 6.5 with no bands below 6.0.
  2. Successful completion of six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized college or university in an English speaking country. Preference will be given to residents of Northern British Columbia. Northern British Columbia is defined as the Northern Health Authority’s geographical boundaries.

Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.

Fill out an Application Package

This program requires an application package as part of the application process. Download the file and submit it with your application.

SONO Application Package 2022F 

Selective admission

A program for which seats are filled based on approved selection criteria. Such criteria may include, but are not limited to, assessment, portfolio submissions, interviews and grade point average. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance to the program. 

Selection Process

In the event of over subscription to the program, applicants who meet the admission requirements will be reviewed through the Selection Criteria listed below.

Successful completion of program requirements does not guarantee students a seat in the program.

  1. The cumulative grade point average of the required English, Biology, Physics and Mathematics courses (minimum GPA 3.0 with a ‘B’ or better in each) contributes its actual points, i.e. a GPA of 3.7 contributes 3.7 points 4.33
  2. 30 course credits or more at the post-secondary level in which the language of instruction was English and with an overall GPA of 2.50 contributes 2.00 points 2.00
  3. Education in a health care field – proof of degree, diploma or certificate (minimum 6-month full time program) is required 1.00
  4. 2 Original references 1.00
  5. Residency in the two years prior to the date of application contributes a maximum of 2.00 points (proof may be required):
    • BC/Yukon/NWT resident (1.00 point)
    • Northern BC resident (2.00 points)
    Maximum of 2.00

Total possible score 10.33

Students who meet the admission requirements but are not offered a seat will be waitlisted for the program year in which they apply only.

Note: Self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants who meet the admission requirement by the priority deadline will be given priority for 2 seats. If there are more than 2 qualified Aboriginal applicants at the priority deadline, these qualified applicants will be ranked accordingly.

Invest in your future

Please check the fee schedule for up-to-date information.

These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus.

Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.

Paying for college

We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how. 

Salaries and employment

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